AFC is APCO’s spectrum management arm, providing comprehensive radio frequency coordination for public safety agencies. With the most experienced staff and the largest network of volunteer experts, AFC is the only organization that provides full radio frequency management services for public safety agencies.

Important Reminder

Applicants are now required to provide an email address on their license application(s), which will trigger the electronic issuance of an official copy of their license(s) to the email provided upon application grant. The FCC will no longer print, and Licensees will no longer be able to request, hard copy license authorizations sent by mail.

Buildout Notification

APCO can prepare and submit your FCC buildout/first use notification (Schedule K) without needing a ULS password for Part 90 and 101 licenses.

APCO Issues Updated Technical Bulletin Regarding Potential Interference to 6 GHz Microwave Systems

On October 19, the Federal Communications Commission adopted rules to expand unlicensed use of the 6 GHz band. The newly-permitted devices present an additional interference risk to public safety 6 GHz systems on top of previously-authorized devices. Despite cautions from APCO and others, the FCC did not require testing in advance, ensure effective measures are in place to prevent interference, or adopt measures to quickly detect, identify, and eliminate interference when it occurs.

To support public safety agencies using 6 GHz, APCO issued a Technical Bulletin, refreshing a related 2022 bulletin to provide information about the nature of the threat and recommendations for agencies to prepare for the increasingly uncertain spectrum environment.

AFC Accepting 4.9 GHz Applications

The FCC has lifted the 4.9 GHz licensing freeze for “certain” incumbents and APCO can now process your application at minimal cost. Public safety services as defined under Part 90 rule section 90.523 are eligible to hold a 4.9 GHz license. All state or local governmental entities are eligible to hold 4.9 GHz licenses.

 

File Application

The APCO Licensing Service offers full-service licensing preparation with a staff experienced in application preparation and processing, FCC Universal Licensing policies and procedures, FCC licensing, knowledge of FCC Rules and Regulations, and the coordination process.

APCO uses a computer program called Spectrumwatch to process FCC 601 radio license applications and submit them to the FCC. Get step-by-step instructions to help you setup a free account with Spectrumwatch, navigate the system, and submit your FCC 601 application to APCO.

AFC Services

Licensing

Our professional full-time staff has experience in application preparation and processing, licensing, FCC Rules and Regulations, and the coordination process, and can provide you with full-service licensing preparation.

License Management

Get peace of mind when you have AFC review your license for compliance with FCC Rules and Regulations, ensure adherence to future FCC changes and provide support for time sensitive requirements.

Frequency Coordination

As an FCC-certified coordinator, APCO AFC can help you apply for, or modify, the license required to operate a two-way radio system.

Engineering

We have the tools to help you determine the specific availability of spectrum, analyze the potential for interference, locate an acceptable frequency, and face other engineering challenges.

Microwave Radio

APCO Offers frequency coordination, FCC licensing, frequency protection, FAA studies and FCC tower registration and engineering services for microwave radio systems.

Interference Reporting

If you are a public safety licensee experiencing interference, submit a compliance request report to APCO, the FCC’s point of contact for interference below 512 MHz.

Email AFC or call (386) 322-2500 for more information about any AFC services.

We are devoted to providing full-service licensing, coordination and engineering services and will follow through on your requests from beginning to end, keeping you informed all along the way.